May 2005

Continued Action Needed on CA Ear Crop Bill
AKC and fanciers made significant progress last month in their opposition of AB418, a bill to ban ear cropping in California. Although the measure passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, purebred dog owners won ground when the Assembly Appropriations Committee heard AB418 on April 12th. They effectively argued that passage of the bill would have a significant financial impact on California's economy, and the Assembly Appropriations Committee placed the bill on the Suspense File. This is good news for fanciers who now have additional time to organize opposition efforts.

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CALIFORNIA - AB 418 a bill to ban ear cropping in California was placed on the Suspense File in the Appropriations Committee in April. For more information on the fancy's opposition efforts and how you can help, please read our feature article.

- SB 914, by Sen. Kehoe, makes it a misdemeanor to sell any dog under 8 weeks of age. The bill has been amended to exempt rescue groups and to allow puppies less than 8 weeks old to be sold with written approval of a licensed veterinarian. Violations would be considered a misdemeanor crime of animal cruelty punishable by a fine of up to $1000. The bill will be heard in the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development.

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Canine Good Citizenship Resolutions Passed by Two More States
The American Kennel Club (AKC) applauds the state legislatures of Colorado and Delaware for recently passing AKC Canine Good Citizenship(R) resolutions. With the additions of Colorado and Delaware, in total 20 states have adopted CGC(TM) resolutions, including Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, Kansas, Alaska, Utah, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, New York, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Michigan, Washington, New Hampshire and the U.S. Senate. The Canine Good Citizenship(R) resolutions recognize the importance of responsible dog ownership, and the fact that dog-related problems are most often caused by irresponsible owners, not the dogs or the breeds themselves.

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As many of our readers know, AKC reaches out to elected officials in a variety of ways. We regularly provide input on legislative issues, exhibit our education booth at legislators' conferences each year, and co-sponsor Pet Night on Capitol Hill, just to name a few. In 2005, AKC's Communications department launched yet another outreach program through a print campaign in the New York Times Magazine. Read more.
Stephanie Lane, Director
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